DETROIT – Watch and luxury goods maker Shinola on Friday promoted Shannon Washburn its first female chief executive. Washburn has been with Shinola since 2012 and moved to Detroit from Texas in 2015.
Washburn replaces Tom Lewand, a previous team president of the Detroit Lions, who handed in his Shinola CEO title this week. Lewand is to leave Shinola Dec. 31, and then take on an unspecified “new professional role.”
Lewand joined Shinola and became its CEO in June 2016. He was fired from his previous job as Lions team president in November 2015 after 20 years with the organization.
“I am honored to be offered the position of CEO,” Washburn said in a statement. “Shinola has been a place of professional growth for me, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to play a key role in the brand’s journey. I look forward to the challenges ahead as our business evolves.”